According to the Health and Safety Executive, more than 27 million working days were lost as a result of work-related illnesses or accidents at work in 2012/13. Working is something you should do to expand your horizons, indulge your passions and interests and earn a daily wage and you have the right to work in a safe and healthy environment. If you’ve been injured at work or you have developed an illness as a result of working, you may be entitled to claim compensation.
Work-related illness: Spotlight on cellulitis
Cellulitis is an infection, which is caused by strains of bacteria known as Group A streptococcus and staphylococcus aureus. It is most commonly caused by bacteria entering the bloodstream when the skin is punctured or broken and can result from grazes, cuts, ulcers, burns and insect bites.
Anyone who works in a role or environment, which carries a risk of cuts, burns, grazes and puncture wounds, has a higher risk of developing cellulitis. This may include construction workers, chefs, waiters and waitresses, carpenters, seamstresses, factory workers and farmers. Symptoms of cellulitis include red, warm, swollen and tender skin around the infected patch of skin, generally feeling unwell, nausea and chills. Cellulitis can become very serious and its important to seek medical attention as quickly as possible.
How to prevent work injuries and illness
Sometimes, work accidents are impossible to avoid, but there are usually some steps you can take to reduce your risk of getting injured at work. These include:
- Always wear suitable clothing and use protective equipment.
- Ensure you have the relevant training to use machinery and tools.
- Cover any open wounds with a plaster and seek medical attention if there is heavy bleeding or you have been bitten by an animal.
- Take regular breaks.
- Adopt and maintain good posture.
- Speak to your supervisor or manager if you have any health and safety concerns.
Can I claim work accident compensation?
If you’ve been involved in an accident at work within the last 3 years and you have the evidence to support your claim that it was not your fault, call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 5659 for expert advice about work injury compensation. The legal team has many years of experience in handling work illness and injury claims and the money you are compensated with could help you to cover reduced earnings and sick leave.